Vera Santamaria

RTA '01

Vera Santamaria (RTA ’01) is an award-winning screenwriter whose credits span some of the most ground-breaking shows in television including NBC’s Community, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Degrassi. 

Vera began her career upon graduation, working her way up from writer’s assistant to staff writer before co-creating and executive producing the highly acclaimed How To Be Indie for YTV in 2009. Loosely based on her childhood in Rexdale, a suburb of Toronto, the project began as a Ryerson class assignment, before going on to  become an award-winning 52-episode series that sold around the world. How To Be Indie also made history as the first Canadian television series centered around a South Asian family. 

Vera moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and immediately landed on Outsourced, Up All Night and Community, all on NBC. A Supervising Producer role on USA Network’s cult-hit Playing House followed. Vera lives in Los Angeles where she’s currently in the writer’s room of BoJack Horseman, a subversive animated comedy on Netflix.